10 Best Cultural Activities Worth Trying Around The World In 2023

As the world goes back to normal after years of lockdown-imposed restrictions, the travel industry

As the world goes back to normal after years of lockdown-imposed restrictions, the travel industry is finally going back to pre-pandemic normalcy. Travelers are looking for new destinations for their 2023 voyages and according to Viator’s findings, more people want a taste of new cultural experiences than ever: cultural tourism has seen a +228% since last year. Whether that’s unique festivals, ancient art, and architecture, fascinating customs, and histories, or delicious culinary adventures, cultural experiences are on everyone’s minds this year. If that’s you, take a look at these cultural activities because they are certainly worth planning a trip around.


10 Soak In The Art And Cabarets Of Montmartre

The Moulin Rouge building in Paris
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The Moulin Rouge building in Paris

With more museums than anywhere else in the world, Paris may very well be the cultural hub of France. But if there’s one district that rules Parissien culture with its vibrant art and rich nightlife, it’s Montmartre. Located in the 18th arrondissement on the northern end of Paris, Montmartre is a world of its own. The hilltop village, with its colorful buildings, quaint bistros, and cobbled streets, was once the mecca of artists where the likes of Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso resided. Montmartre is also home to The Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre and Moulin Rogue — perhaps the world’s most famous cabaret that is regarded as the birthplace of the modern-day can-can dance.

  • Tour:
    Montmartre Walking Tour: Paris’ Best Art, Culture and Food

  • Duration:
    1 hour 30 minutes

  • Cost:
    From $40.22

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9 Walk With The Geisha Of Japan

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A geisha standing on the street

The Geisha of Japan has been described as entertainers and hosts, but that simplifies the cultural significance of a Geisha. On the contrary, a geisha goes through years of training to be able to call themselves a geisha and are considered more artists than entertainers in Japan. To truly understand the skills that a geisha must acquire to become masters in the art of conversation and ancient Japanese performance styles, a visit to the Gion district of Kyoto — where the geisha culture truly thrives — is paramount.

  • Tour:
    Gion walking tour “Explore Gion and discover the arts of geisha.”

  • Duration:
    2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours

  • Cost:
    $99.61

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8 Enjoy An Evening Aperitivo In Italy

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Two cocktails with sandwiches

What the rest of the world calls happy hours, Italians call the aperitivo hour. Those who enjoy an aperitif in the land of la dolce vita will know that the aperitivo is a lot more than cheap alcohol and two-for-one cocktails, though; it’s an institution. Aperitivo gets its name from the word aperire, Latin for to open, and the aperitivo hour is thought to open one’s appetite for the feast to come. Sure, visitors could technically enjoy aperitifs before dinner anywhere in the world, but the aperitivo hour in Italy is an experience of a lifetime. Starting from six in the evening until nine, all of Italy pulses with electrifying energy as locals fill up bars for a glass of vermouth and platters of bruschettas, olives, salads, and pizzas.

  • Tour:
    Florence at Sunset: Hidden Gems and Traditions of Aperitivo

  • Duration:
    2 hours

  • Cost:
    $92.72

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Related: How To Eat In Italy Like A Local: 10 Things You Need To Know

7 Take Part In The Rituals Of Ayahuasca With The Shamans Of Peru

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a cup of tea with herbs

No cultural activity is perhaps more misunderstood than the rituals of ayahuasca that take place deep in the wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest. Most dismiss ayahuasca as a mere drug that causes a psychedelic experience but fail to grasp the rituals and healing properties that are associated with it in the cultures of the indigenous groups in the Upper Amazon. Ayahuasca is hallucinogenic, no doubt but led by specialists known as ayahuasqueros (or shamans as people call them); the Amazonian tribes use ayahuasca as a religious medicine for physical, spiritual, and mental healing. Today, ayahuasca ceremonies are a part of multi-day wellness retreats that help visitors towards overall healing.

  • Tour:
    Ayahuasca Ceremony in Cusco Jungle

  • Duration:
    5 days

  • Cost:
    $1,450.00

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6 Explore The Remains Of Ancient Egypt At The Pyramids Of Giza

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Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The three Pyramids of Giza were built between 2550 and 2490 B.C. to last an eternity. Today, some 4,500 years later, the pyramids stand as reminders of ancient Egypt and are more than just one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The pyramids house the tombs of three generations of pharaohs — Khufu, his son Khafre, and his grandson Menkaure — and have been opened for the public to enter. Tours will guide visitors not only through the history of the ancient Egyptian civilization but also through the importance of pyramids in its culture, where pyramids were a symbol of life after death, helping pharaohs to ascend towards the light of the sun from the earth.

  • Tour:
    Inclusive Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Bazaar, Pyramids view Lunch

  • Duration:
    8 to 10 hours

  • Cost:
    $60.00

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5 Get Insight Into The Carnivals Of Rio De Janeiro

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Person in a mask

There is no cultural festival in Brazil more famous than the grand carnivals held in the country on Ash Wednesday each year. Carnivals began in Italy and were brought to Brazil when it was a colony of Portugal. Africans of the slave trade added their own cultural influences to the carnivals, including costumes, masks, and, more importantly, samba. While dancing, eating, singing, and dressing up are all important parts of the carnival, it also represents a mesh of different cultures.

  • Tour:
    Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail (Carnaval Experience)

  • Duration:
    1 hour 30 minutes

  • Cost:
    $20.85

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Related: The Carnival of Brazil Is The Best In The World, And This Is When It’ll Be Held Next

4 Marvel At The Architecture Of Barcelona

Famous building of La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
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Famous building of La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Barcelona is something of a treasure hunt for those with a keen eye for architecture. The capital of Catalonia has seen several civilizations with different cultures walk through its streets, and each has left its own mark on the city. Although Antoni Gaudí is the architect most famously associated with the buildings he designed in the Catalan modernism style, Gothic cathedrals, avant-garde works, and streets that take visitors back to Middle Ages are hidden in every corner of Barcelona.

  • Tour:
    Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia

  • Duration:
    6 hours

  • Cost:
    $77.64

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3 Watch Bangkok’s Street Food Come To Life At Night

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Market in Bangkok, Thailand 

Street food exists in just about every city in the world, but in Bangkok, street food is a way of life. Bangkok’s street food is more than just a way for vendors to make a livelihood; it’s an integral part of Thai culture and a symbol of its history. Street food is a profession that’s passed over several generations in Bangkok, where today, more than 500,000 street vendors whip up specialties for hungry diners using centuries-old family recipes every night. This is why the government’s efforts to impose strict restrictions on the street food of Bangkok have largely been unsuccessful and received nationwide backlash.

  • Tour:
    Bangkok Street Food Tour By Night

  • Duration:
    3 hours

  • Cost:
    $53.10

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Related: Thailand’s Most Popular Street Foods Are Worth Passing Up Restaurants For

2 Hop Between The Forts And Palaces Of India

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A palace on a lake

India’s history, heritage, and traditions differ from region to region and the same goes for its forts and palaces. Several dynasties have ruled its lands, and different colonizers have influenced the cultures in different pockets of India. Today, over 80 palaces and 1000 forts stand as a testament to the country’s tumultuous past. These magnificent structures will take visitors back in time to India’s ancient cultures, rituals, and ways of life.

  • Tour:
    8 Days Private Luxury Tour of Taj Mahal & Palaces of India – Timeless Royalty

  • Duration:
    8 days

  • Cost:
    $1,408.00

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1 Live Like A Maasai In Kenya

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Maasai people in Kenya

There is no better way to understand an unfamiliar culture than to live the way its people do, even if it’s just for 24 hours. The Maasai tribe of Kenya has long attracted curious travelers from around the world. Residing near the game parks of the African Great Lakes, the Maasai believe that god made them custodians of the world’s cattle, and cows, in particular, are a symbol of wealth in the community. The semi-nomadic tribe moves with its livestock based on the seasonal rotation of lands to ensure that its cattle do not overgraze a land and so that the Maasai don’t exhaust the game meant for hunting in the area.

  • Tour:
    Maasai Village Experience Day Tour

  • Duration:
    5 hours 30 minutes

  • Cost:
    $72.00

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